1904 New York Highlanders season

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1904 New York Highlanders
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Owner(s) William Devery and Frank Farrell
Manager(s) Clark Griffith
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The 1904 New York Highlanders season, their second in New York and fourth overall, finished with the team in second place in the American League with a record of 92-59. The team was managed by Clark Griffith and played home games at Hilltop Park.

Offseason

Regular season

The name

The first verified use of the alternate nickname "Yankees" (a synonym for "Americans", the team being American Leaguers) occurred on April 7, 1904, when a spring training story from Richmond, Virginia carried the headline "Yankees Will Start Home From South To-Day." The New York Evening Journal screamed: "YANKEES BEAT BOSTON".3 The casual use of that nickname suggests it was already in the popular lexicon, although "Highlanders" would continue to be the primary (and equally unofficial) nickname for several more years.

Season summary

The Highlanders were in the thick of the American League pennant race throughout the season, leading by two games as late as September 20.4 This led to the New York Giants announcement that they would not play in the World Series, since they considered the Highlanders to be only a "minor league" team.citation needed

On the final day of the season at Hilltop Park. New York pitcher Jack Chesbro threw a wild pitch in the ninth inning, giving the Boston Americans the win, and the 1904 AL pennant. Even though it was Boston who stole the pennant on the final day, the Giants stuck to their word and their refusal prevented the World Series from being played.

It would be a century later, in 2004, the next time Boston directly eliminated the Yankees from title contention, when they did so in the final game of the 2004 ALCS.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Americans 95 59 0.617 49–30 46–29
New York Highlanders 92 59 0.609 46–29 46–30
Chicago White Sox 89 65 0.578 6 50–27 39–38
Cleveland Naps 86 65 0.570 44–31 42–34
Philadelphia Athletics 81 70 0.536 12½ 47–31 34–39
St. Louis Browns 65 87 0.428 29 32–43 33–44
Detroit Tigers 62 90 0.408 32 34–40 28–50
Washington Senators 38 113 0.252 55½ 23–52 15–61


Roster

1904 New York Highlanders
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C McGuire, DeaconDeacon McGuire 101 322 67 .208 0 20
1B Ganzel, JohnJohn Ganzel 130 465 121 .260 6 48
2B Williams, JimmyJimmy Williams 146 559 147 .263 2 74
3B Conroy, WidWid Conroy 140 489 119 .243 1 52
SS Elberfeld, KidKid Elberfeld 122 445 117 .263 2 46
OF Keeler, WillieWillie Keeler 143 543 186 .343 2 40
OF Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson 143 558 155 .278 3 82
OF Dougherty, PatsyPatsy Dougherty 106 452 128 .283 6 22

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Fultz, DaveDave Fultz 97 339 93 .274 2 32
Kleinow, RedRed Kleinow 58 209 43 .206 0 16
Thoney, JackJack Thoney 36 128 24 .188 0 12
Osteen, ChampChamp Osteen 28 107 21 .196 2 9
Beville, MonteMonte Beville 9 22 6 .273 0 2
Unglaub, BobBob Unglaub 6 19 4 .211 0 2
Collins, OrthOrth Collins 5 17 6 .353 0 1
McManus, FrankFrank McManus 4 7 0 .000 0 0
Bliss, ElmerElmer Bliss 1 1 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Chesbro, JackJack Chesbro 55 454.2 41 12 1.82 239
Powell, JackJack Powell 47 390.1 23 19 2.44 202
Hughes, TomTom Hughes 19 136.1 7 11 3.70 75
Orth, AlAl Orth 20 137.2 11 6 2.68 37
Griffith, ClarkClark Griffith 16 100.1 7 5 2.87 36
Garvin, NedNed Garvin 2 12 0 1 2.25 8

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Clarkson, WalterWalter Clarkson 13 66.1 1 2 5.02 43
Puttmann, AmbroseAmbrose Puttmann 9 49.1 2 0 2.74 26
Wolfe, BarneyBarney Wolfe 7 33.2 0 3 3.21 8

Awards and honors

Records

Franchise records

  • Jack Chesbro, Yankees single season record, most wins in a season (41)

References

  1. ^ Jack O'Connor page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Red Kleinow page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Popik, Barry. "The Big Apple: Yankees (American League Baseball team)". barrypopik.com. Retrieved March 4, 2007. 
  4. ^ 1904 Highlanders Schedule
  5. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.100, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0







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